In researching my great grandaunt’s family, I discovered the sad story of Albert Charles Hungler.
My great grandaunt, Myra Hunter (1859-1938) married on 6 Oct 1880 Johan Jacob Seigle (1849-1930). Johan had a sister named Rosina Seigle born about 1835 in Germany and died 18 May 1903 in Ohio. She married John Richard Hungler. To this couple was born 3 boys and 4 girls; Teresia about 1855, Albert Charles 1880, Elizabeth about 1862, Anna about 1865, Charles about 1868 and William H. 1869, Margaret about 1877.
Albert Charles Hungler became a minor league baseball player. It looks like he played from 1887 at age 27 to 1890, age 30 for eight different teams.
I found reference to him on these websites.
Baseball Reference.com – statistics for Al Hunger
Vintage Card Prices.com – Al Hungler baseball cards
Here’s a image of one of the baseball cards, used with permission from my cousin.
Here’s the obituary for Al.
Al Hungler was only 33 years old when he died. His cause of death is listed on a cemetery/burial card, as Marasmus. According the the dictionary this is a lack of nutrition associated with infants. “severe undernourishment causing an infant's or child's weight to be significantly low for their age (e.g., below 60 percent of normal).”
Here is the cemetery card.
NOTE: What could cause Marasmus in an adult? I have my own thoughts on this. During my research I have found that syphilis was not uncommon in our ancestors. This disease often affected the brain. I actually have one ancestor whose cause of death was “brain syphilis.” Could this be what caused the mental deterioration and eventual death of Al Hungler?
Albert Charles Hungler is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio. You can visit his memorial here.
FAMILY NOTE: This must have been a horrible time for Al Hungler’s family. His father, John Richard Hungler had passed away at age 47, in 1880, of Typhoid Fever. A few months prior to Al’s death had been the death of his younger brother William H. at age 23 due to Disease of lungs.
If you are related to this family I’d love to hear from you.
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